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    Usborne Tales for Little Children – Various

    This collection of old fairy and folk tales from across the world, retold by various authors and illustrators for an anthology published by Usborne Children’s Books. The perfect length for a bedtime story, these were told – one per night – to Spike as she relaxed in her cot before going to sleep. I picked up this collection using the free book allowance I got through an online Usborne Book’s at Home party I ran and I thought it would be ages before I read them to Spike. However, looking for a new bedtime story for her last week I realised I’ve read all the ones in her room a…

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    Fathomless – Jackson Pearce

    “There are lights at the surface.  Lights so unlike the sun, that can’t reach down into the depths of the ocean. Lights we can see only when we look outside the water. She turned the thought over and over in her mind, imagining the lights as best she could until she had to ask her sisters for help again. ‘What about the carnival? Are the lights on the rides? What are the rides?’ she asked one of the oldest, who just turned away – that sister rarely spoke any more” Celia is a harborer of memories. She can see into a persons past just by simple touching the. For her…

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    The School for Good and Evil – Soman Chainani

    “Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped. But tonight, all the other children of Gavaldon writhed in their beds. If the School Master took them, they’d never return. Never lead a full life. Never see their family again. Tonight these children dreamt of a red-eyed thief with the body of a beast, come to rip them from their sheets and stifle their screams. Sophie dreamt of princes instead.” Sophie and Aggie are best friends. If it weren’t for Sophie, Aggie wouldn’t have anyone other than her cat. The other children shun her because she’s different, they think she’s a witch. In the girls’ town, once every four years,…